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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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Special Sections

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Burns discusses preservation of National Parks


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Speaking for the fourth time at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns focused on the story of America’s natural treasures in his appearances last month.

In his March 27 introduction, series founder Dick Henning noted that many Americans get their history primarily from Burns’ historical films for PBS, including “The Civil War,” “Baseball,” “Jazz,” “The West,” “The War” and his latest, the topic of the discussion, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

Burns opened with a 12-minute film on National Parks.

“It’s the power of history with its varied voices,” he said. “There is no better subject to make than the history of our National Parks.”

According to Burns, National Parks are as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and should be preserved for everyone. Americans from every background and region of the country have fallen in love with the parks and contributed their time and money to preserve them, he added.

Burns’ crew filmed at Yellowstone National Park, the first National Park. They captured its beauty and important inhabitants: grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.

Burns reminisced about his first visit to a National Park.

“I remember in 1959, when I was 6 years old, my father took me to Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. With fog and mist hugging the road, we saw a beautiful new world. He held my hand at the waterfall,” he recalled. “Years later, you can remember how great this was with your dad. National Parks are for families. It’s where you take the family for a holiday. We could be walking in a cathedral of time.”

Discussing his visits to different Alaska parks to capture their grandeur in photographs, Burns inserted a touch of humor.

“Alaska took us in, and we will never forget those beautiful features – but we never saw Russia,” he said.

National Parks require co-ownership for continued preservation.

“What would happen if there were no National Parks?” Burns asked. “Yosemite would be a gated community. It’s not what you take away, but what you can put in for posterity and your children.”

Following his presentation, Burns answered questions from the audience.

Asked about documentaries he is considering for the future, Burns offered a full slate of upcoming productions. They include: “The Address,” the story of a small, private Vermont boarding school for boys 9-16 with learning disabilities; “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” spotlighting Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor; “Jackie Roblinson”; “The TET Offensive”; “Country Music”; and part 2 of “Ernest Hemingway.”

For more information on the speaker series, visit www.celebrityforum.net.

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